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Category Archives: Social Security


Can You Get Social Security Disability for Your Pain?

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Among the worst side effect of the many conditions that can qualify you for Social Security benefits is simply the pain that may accompany you in your everyday life. In some cases, you can obtain disability benefits for your pain as it relates to how it restricts your everyday life. Meeting a Pain Listing… Read More »


Does Drug or Alcohol Addiction Prevent You From Being Awarded Social Security Benefits?

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Social Security defines drug and alcohol addiction (DAA) as “maladaptive patterns of substance use that lead to clinically significant impairment or distress.” The key to this definition is the requirement that to have DAA, a claimant must have a pattern of abuse, and not just be impaired, but “significantly impaired.” Without these, Social Security… Read More »


What Is the Social Security Compassionate Allowance Program?

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Is it possible to obtain Social Security benefits in about two weeks to two months? Yes it is, although rarely, possible under the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowance Program (CAP). The CAP Program The program awards disability benefits on an expedited basis to those with serious or fatal diseases. There are over 200 diseases… Read More »


The Importance of a Special Needs Trust for SSI

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are a major part of millions of Americans’ lives, particularly those who have special needs. Qualifying for SSI benefits as a special needs recipient is much harder to accomplish than one may think, and part of that is making the financial cut set by the Social Security Administration. If… Read More »


What Does Date Last Insured (DLI) Mean?

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Receiving disability is a vital part of millions of Americans’ lives. Currently, 10,450,000 Americans receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, successfully applying for and receiving these benefits can be complex, and being accepted into this program depends on a wide range of criteria. The date last insured (DLI) is the date before which… Read More »


Social Security Listings

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What are Listings? Why are they Important? What Happens if I do Not Meet Them? If you have had any experience with the Social Security Administration (SSA), you know just how complex and convoluted it can be. One of the particularly confusing aspects of disability involves the SSA’s listings of impairments. These listings define… Read More »


Mental Disorders and Social Security Benefits

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Approximately 43.8 million Americans suffer from a mental disease, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. However, while one in five Americans suffers from a mental illness, only one in 25 suffer from an illness that substantially interferes with their major life activities. For these individuals, working may no longer be an option,… Read More »


Social Security and Evidence of Disorder of the Spine and Major Dysfunction of a Joint

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If you have a spine injury or major dysfunction of a joint, you are not alone. In fact, according to World Spine Day, lower back pain is the leading cause disability worldwide. 80 percent of Americans will develop back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the leading cause of missed… Read More »


Working and Receiving SSD Benefits

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Millions of Americans suffer from a disability. In fact, 40 million Americans have some sort of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is not to say that all of these people are disabled from working. In fact, many disabled people, even those who are receiving Social Security Disability… Read More »


Substantial Gainful Activity

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There are seemingly endless hoops to jump through for Social Security Disability applicants. One of the most important criteria is whether the disabled person is able to earn a living wage. In order to qualify, the applicant cannot be able to engage in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), which is further described below. For assistance… Read More »

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